The suspect involved in a St. Petersburg police officer-involved shooting has died, according to police.
The officer was shot in the leg in the area of 1886 Coffee Pot Blvd NE around 6 p.m. while he was in the process of searching for a suspect who reportedly shot a man on Sunday night and left on a bike. That victim is also at the hospital.
The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Austin Goodner, was found in the backyard of 5236 Robin Lane N. and shot at officers, police said. The officers returned fire, and shot Goodner in the upper body. He later died at the hospital.
"The officers went up to the home and they were looking for the suspect," said St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway. "The suspect was waiting for the officers and he fired some rounds at the officers and the officers returned fire."
The officer, who is 40 years old and a 10-year veteran of the police department, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. He is expected to be OK.
"It's tough" said Holloway. "You got to think about this, a couple years ago, we lost three officers and to hear that an officer was down. It really is tough and hard on us."
St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz were killed in January 2011 serving an arrest warrant and Officer David Crawford was killed a month later investigating a suspicious person in downtown St. Petersburg.